In 2011, after working for the U S Postal Service as an Executive in Washington D.C for 30 years, Jim Schlett "refocused” on his love for the National Parks and photography.   One of his images was displayed in the Art Takes Times Square Exhibition in New York City in June 2012 and he was the Artist in Resident at the Whiskeytown National Recreational Area in northern California in 2016.   in 2018, he was selected as the Artist-In-Residence at three different National Park Service sites; Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland, Manassas National Battlefield in Virginia and the Homestead National Monument in Nebraska.  Since his first residency at Dorland was so productive and yet restful, this will be his second residency.

Edan Lepuckiis the bestselling author of the novels California and Woman No. 17, and she recently contributed the story "There's No Place Like Home" to Warmer, a collection of short stories about climate change. She is currently editing a forthcoming nonfiction book,Mothers Before, which will showcase photographs of women's mothers before they became mothers. 

Shilpa Agarwal is author of the internationally-published novel, Haunting Bombay. She is the host of a forthcoming radio show, set to premiere world-wide in March 2019 and she has been a freelance writer for the forthcoming Disney animated TV show, Mira, Royal Detective. She was featured on the United Nations’ album, Music to Inspire – Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking. She served as Fiction Editor at LA-based, Angels Flight • literary west, a literary and cultural journal focused on Los Angeles and its stories, and a hub of justice, voice, and community. She is currently working on a TV pilot, and on a novel trilogy that reclaims and resurrects the female body.

Sherri C. Perry​ is the author of Venn, a collection of short stories, Letters to Cadence, Musings of a Modern Grandmother and Slice, a collection of poetry. Her work has been featured in Streetlight Magazine, Tigershark Publishing, GNU Literary Journal, Dragon Poet Review, The Bayou Review, Emerge Magazine and The Storyteller Magazine. Her awards include the Write Partners of North Arkansas Award, Ozark Creative Writers Editor’s Award, Clouse Literary Arts and Theater Award, Saturday Writers Creative Non-Fiction Award, Porter Art Enterprises Award and The Caudle Memorial Award for Excellence in Storytelling. She is the head speech and debate coach at an all-girls college preparatory high school in Houston, Texas.

RESIDENTS: 2019

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is founder and host of "Writers on Writing," which airs every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. PT on KUCI-FM. She's author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (Harcourt) and has stories in Orange County Noir and USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series. She's also written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers, The Writer, Writers' Digest, The Authors Guild Bulletin, Orange Coast magazine and more. She teaches an online class for Gotham Writers Workshop, and two private workshops in Southern California where she lives with her husband and son, both musicians, and 13 typewriters, and counting.  

Nathan Rivera is a native of the Writing words and music on the accordion, guitar, voice, piano, what else? Traveling to share the gift of music with those willing to accept it. Spreading positivity and joy one note at a time. 

Mary Proenza completed a BA in literature at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies, an MFA in painting at New York Studio School, and an MFA in creative writing at The New School. Her disciplines include painting, drawing, printmaking, and writing—which she’s currently combining in a memoir, part of which was published in Rosebud. Her written art reviews have been published in Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail, and her visual art appears on the covers of books from John Daniel & Co. and CDs from CMH and Arhoolie. She has received residency grants from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Jentel Foundation, Springboard for the Arts, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and New York Mills Cultural Center. In 2017, she joined the full-time art faculty at Marymount University, Arlington, VA.

Thomas Dougherty  (b.1990) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and solo works.  Over the past several years, Tommy’s music has been performed by Modern Violin Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, Kinetic: The Conductorless Ensemble, the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, and the Eastman Philharmonia.  In 2016 and 2017, Tommy was a recipient of two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards.  Also an active violinist, Tommy is a substitute violinist with the San Diego Symphony. You can hear more here.

WickiVanDe Veer is a painter who lives in Hanalei, Hawaii and Fallbrook California. Her paintings in oil, encaustic and watercolor are available for viewing at her website: wicki-van-de-veer.pixels.com. They are inspired by travels in Nepal, Japan and Tibet as well as by the rich cultural life and landscapes of the island of Kaua'i. Wicki also teaches painting and drawing to adults and children. Her  residency in 2019 will be devoted to developing a series of drawings and poems. 

Additional Residents

Molly Reid

Darcy Vebber

Kristen Daniels

Suzanne Boyle

​Christoph Sturm-Singer/composer​​

Sharon OBrien teaches creative writing and American Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.  She has long been drawn to life stories and the process of storytelling.  Her first book was a biography of Willa Cather (Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice, 1987) that was the first to explore this writer’s life from a feminist point of view.  Her second book, The Family Silver (2004) was a memoir of family and depression that explored the concept of inheritance in a cultural context.  Recently she has been writing personal essays that address such topics as the American cult of productivity, the politics of the food industry, and American attitudes toward grief.  She is working on an academic memoir that explores how academic writing is shaped by history and politics.

Natalie Smith Parra’s creative nonfiction has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Calyx, and The Mommy Wars, a Random House anthology, and Dove Tales. She has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook, Norcroft, Mesa Refuge, and Wellstone, as well as a Barbara Deming Money for Women grant and a Puffin Artist’s grant. She is a native of Los Angeles, where she worked as a high school teacher of English and Spanish, and is a lifelong activist, most recently working in the field of prisoner civil rights. ‪She is currently working on a short story collection about women and their relationship to the prison and legal systems.

Bruce Trinkley taught composition and orchestration and conducted the Penn State Glee Club from 1970 to 2006, and was music director for Penn State's Centre Stage from 1970 until 1995. He received degrees in composition from Columbia University where he studied with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson and Charles Wuorinen. Professor Trinkley's music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and China

Recent works include The Last Voyage of Captain Meriwether Lewis, a cantata for men's voices; One Life: The Rachel Carson Project, a multi-media work for women’s chorus, soloists, and instrumental ensemble; and York: the Voice of Freedom, a music drama about the life of the only African American on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His operas for young people include The Prairie Dog That Met the President and Chicken Little.

​​Sakae Manning’s storytelling strives to give voice to women who defy cultural, racial, and gender norms. Her work typically blends race and identity, creating alliances and solidarity amongst women of color. A Mills College graduate, Manning’s poem, December Baby, was published in the College literary journal. Other writing credits include Okasan/Mother, published in Making Waves: An Anthology of Asian-American Women Writers and Sammy’s Shitkickers published in The Salt River Review. She received honorable mention in the 2018 Carve Magazine Prose and Poetry Contest for The Button Maker’s House, scheduled for publication in spring 2019.

In 2017, Manning was writer-in-residence at The Annenberg Community Beach House where she developed public programs focused on building community and expanding audience for women writers of color. She has been awarded a 2019 Summer Fishtrap Writing Fellowship, is a 2019 returning resident at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and is currently working on a novel, Kimono Blues.

Sarah Gorham has been an active educator and artist for 30 years exploring painting and mixed media work not only as a means towards a likeness of nature, but also as a path to discovering a new way of looking at landscapes and its’ relationship to self. In her work she seeks to capture an extreme moment of solitude and quiet, hoping to find and depict the energy of a single moment of time, or emotion in her work. She investigates this stillness, this peace, this mindufulness in her landscapes, seascapes, sky paintings and her mixed media encaustic constructions. 

Natasha Harrison uses glass as a medium to express feelings about fear, fragility and intensity present within relationships. She is also the Executive Director of the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Paradise Valley, Middletown, Rhode Island. 

Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Frances Greenslade has since lived in Winnipeg, Regina, Vancouver, Chilliwack and Penticton, BC. She has a BA in English from the University of Winnipeg and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia. By the Secret Ladder and A Pilgrim in Ireland (Penguin) are her first two books, both memoir. Her novel, Shelter, was published in Canada by Random House in 2011, in the US by Free Press and the UK by Virago in 2012. It has been translated into Dutch, German and Italian. She has taught English and Creative writing at Okanagan College since 2005.

Additional April-June 2019 Residents

Monica Brown - Artist

Geetika Lizardi - Writer

Elissa Lieberman

Steve Morris - Artist

Mike Brosnan - writer

Molly Jordan Koch -writer

Wendy Adamson writer

Shannon Fandler Writer

Steve Lautermilch- Artist

Julia Gibson - Artist


Janne (pronounced Yana) Larsen is an artist and educator based in Los
Angeles. After graduated from CalArts in 2007 with an MFA in Set
Design, Janne has designed sets in Los Angeles and New York. Using
this theatricality she began to branch out into Mixed media
installations and creating dining experiences with her food as art
collective, 'Inner Dinner'. Janne's work has been seen recently in
'Dogumenta', an art show for our canine friends. Janne's work has
been seen at EXLA, Elephant art space, LA County Store, Symphony Space
and Bootleg Theater, to name a few.

April-June 2019

July-September 2019

Anna Leahy is the author of the nonfiction book Tumor and the poetry collections Aperture and Constituents of Matter and the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story, Conversing with Cancer, and What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing. Her essays have appeared at The Atlantic, Pop Sugar, The Southern Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere and won the top awards from Ninth Letter and Dogwood in 2016. She directs the MFA program at Chapman University, where she edits the international journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series. Read Anna's latest book review in Entropy here.

Vince Montague is an artist and writer. He earned his B.A. from UCLA and his M.A. from New York University. He is an exhibiting artist at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, CA, and a member of the artist collective The Oakland Museum of Ceramics. Recent solo exhibitions include THE WHALE SHOW, October 2018, at The Red Metal Barn. His sculpture was recently juried into The Crocker Kingsley Show, 2019, Sacramento, CA, and UnWedged 2018, Seattle, Washington. His poetry and short stories appear in literary magazines across the country. He lives in Northern California.

January-March 2019

Melanie Bishop is Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College in Arizona, where for 22 years, she taught creative writing, and was Founding Editor, and Fiction/Nonfiction Editor of Alligator Juniper, a national literary magazine, three-time winner of the AWP Directors’ Prize. Her young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life (2014) was a top-five finalist for both the John Gardner Award in Fiction and CLMP’s Firecracker Awards. Bishop has published fiction and nonfiction in The New York Times, Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Vela, Essay Daily, Carmel Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Journal of Books, and Family Circle. A short story, “Friday Night in America,” is being adapted for the stage as a monologue, premiering in 2019 in Orlando, by Beth Marshall Presents. All online publications can be accessed here.

Douglas DeChow is the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story and The Craft of Librarian Instruction and the co-editor of Intertwingled: The Life and Influence of Ted Nelson. His writing has appeared at The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Post Game, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Curator, and others. He is the Digital Humanities and Science Librarian at Chapman University, the Curator of the Boisjoly Challenger Disaster Collection, and actively involved in the Center for American War Letters. 

Brad Betts has been an artist for over 25 years and is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). His paintings have appeared in solo and group shows throughout New England, including the Mystic Seaport Gallery’s acclaimed “International Marine Art Exhibition” for over 10 years. In 2006, he received the “Maritime Gallery Yachting Award” and in 2017, Brad received the “Award of Excellence” at this juried exhibition.